It’s not everyday that you see drones putting on a light show, much less one reminding you to wear face masks, wash your hands and socially distance. That’s what happened in Seoul, South Korea, this past weekend. Around 300 drones were used to showcase motivational and awareness messages during this coronavirus pandemic. Read more for a video and additional information.
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) flew an unarmed General Atomics MQ-1 Predator drone over Minneapolis as protesters continue to protest against police brutality. It was first discovered on a flight tracking tool by members of the ADB-S Exchange, and is apparently surveying protests there. Read more for two videos about the MQ-1 Predator and additional information.
Created by the team at Drone Champions AG, this full-sized manned aerobatic racing drone, built to promote its Drone Champions League video game, features a full carbon airframe, complete with six arms extending outwards, each with a pair of coaxial rotors mounted at the ends. There is one central seat for a passenger, but without any controls, since it’s meant to be flown from the ground remotely by trained drone racing pilots. Read more for a video and additional information.
Boeing reveals the first unmanned Loyal Wingman aircraft prototype designed for the Royal Australian Air Force. Their main goal is to extend and protect existing aircraft, making them the foundation for the global Boeing Airpower Teaming System aircraft to be developed for other global forces. It uses AI-powered systems to fly independently or in support of manned aircraft while maintaining safe distance between other aircraft. Read more for a video and additional information.
FLIR Systems wins a $39.6-million order to deliver Black Hornet Personal Reconnaissance Systems (PRS) to help aid the United States (U.S.) Army in battle. Theese nano-unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) systems will support platoon and small unit level surveillance as well as reconnaissance capabilities for the Soldier Borne Sensor (SBS) Program. Read more for two videos and additional information.
The DJI Mavic Air 2 has been officially unveiled and it builds upon its predecessor in more ways than one. Its biggest upgrade is an improved camera system, which includes a 1/2″ sensor that can shoot 48MP stills and 4K video at 60 fps. Plus, you get multiple new shooting features, like the latest versions of ActiveTrack, Point of Interest, and Spotlight, as well as a full suite of HDR modes and functions. Product page. Read more for two videos, including a hands-on review, and additional information.
Why bother with a remote control, when you can just use your muscles? MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) developed a system, called “Conduct-A-Bot,” that uses human muscle signals from wearable sensors to pilot a robot’s movement. It consists of electromyography and motion sensors worn on the biceps, triceps, as well as forearms to measure muscle signals / movement. Read more for a video and additional information.
Spanish police are now using drones to patrol the streets for anyone ignoring orders to stay indoors during the coronavirus outbreak. Beginning this past Saturday, the country’s 47-million citizens were ordered to stay home except for necessary trips, like groceries, medicines, etc. This is necessary to slow COVID-19 spread and ensure that hospital capacity can meet demand. Read more for a video and additional informationo.
Israel-based defense company Rafael’s new Drone Dome C-UAS system uses laser technology to identify and intercept moving targets, making it perfect for securing air space from hostile drones. This system includes electronic jammers as well as sensors that allow for neutralization of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), and it’s already fully operational being deployed worldwide. Read more for a video and additional information.
FPV drone racing (first-person view) is nothing new, but what happens when one of these pilots uses their skills to capture breathtaking landscapes, like a waterfall? That’s exactly what Andre Larson from Norway did. Typically, an FPV setup consists camera(s) and wearing a head-mounted display to show the live stream feed from the drones. Read more for the amazing video.